Praised for her stirring yet cordial touch, Hsin-Chiao Liao has established a presence as one of today’s foremost rising pianists. Born in Taichung, Taiwan, Hsin-Chiao received national recognition from a young age. Following her debut with Guang Fu Youth Orchestra at the age of twelve, she launched her concert career in Taiwan, performing at many celebrated venues including the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei Zhongshan Hall, and National Recital Hall in Taipei. In 2011, Hsin-Chiao moved to the United States and has since enjoyed a versatile career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist. Her performances have taken her to venues such as Symphony Space in New York, Harvard Club of New York City, Paul Recital Hall at Juilliard School of Music, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall at Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University. As a soloist, highlights of Hsin-Chiao’s recent season include winning the Honorable Mention of the Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition and the performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with conductor Paul Watkins and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra as the winner of Stony Brook Concerto Competition.
As an avid chamber musician, Hsin-Chiao is a two-time winner of the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition Prize. Subsequently, she has collaborated with acclaimed artists including Colin Carr, Jennifer Frautschi, Daniel Gross, Cheng-Hou Lee, Philip Setzer, Lauren Skuce, Arnaud Sussmann, and Carol Wincenc. Her festival appearances include Icicle Creek Chamber Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and the prestigious Heifetz International Music Institute. In
August 2016, she completed a recording project with violinist Christina McGann featuring selected works for violin and piano by Schubert and Schumann. In 2015, she co-founded Trio Honoré, a thriving violin-cello-piano trio based in New York currently in its second season.
With a keen interest in contemporary music, Hsin-Chiao has a wide repertoire encompassing the Second Viennese School to the twenty-first century. She has enjoyed collaborations with composers such as David Amram, Piers Hellawell, Joan Tower, as well as the world premiere of Judith Shatin’s “Vayter un Vayter” with the Contemporary Chamber Players at Stony Brook University in 2013. Her recent research of Schoenberg’s infamous Pierrot Lunaire was mentored by pianist Gilbert Kalish and Soprano Lucy Shelton.
Hsin-Chiao is currently a doctoral candidate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she is a student of Gilbert Kalish. She also holds a Master of Music from SUNY Stony Brook and a Bachelor of Music degree from Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, where she studied with Mei-Ling Wang.